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June 3, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2010 Waseda Shochiku cinema (1-5-16 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku; www.wasedashochiku.co.jp) is screening a double feature of early Takeshi Kitano films from June 5-11. In Sonatine (1993; pictured), Kitano plays a Tokyo yakuza who is sent to…

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Anna Tsuchiya

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2010 Running from June 10 at various locations in Tokyo, the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2010 has unveiled a new competition for musical shorts. One entry of local interest is Mister Rococo,…

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Sex and the City 2

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2010 This witless wad of fake, flabby fashionista feminism may actually be worse than the first (not easy). Shouldn’t gender equality mean more than merely being as repulsive as men? Our four self-absorbed, whiny…

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Brothers

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2010 Jim Sheridan’s (My Left Foot, In America) remake of the 2004 Danish film Brodre by Susanne Bier illustrates without cliché the dehumanizing effects of war (any war; no politics here). Sam Cahill (Tobey…

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Bright Star

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2010 Jane Campion’s Austen-ish drama about the last few years in the life of the great romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw—Perfume), who died in 1821 at 25, and on his unlikely and probably…

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Kokou no Mesu

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2010 Based on the successful novel of the same name, Kokou no Mesu explores medical corruption and the politics of patient care. It’s set in 1989, a time when liver transplants from brain-dead donors…

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May 27, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 The Bakuon Film Festival (www.bakuon-bb.net/2010) has a simple concept: play loud movies at explosive volumes. Running through June 12 at Kichijoji’s Baus Theater (042-22-3555; www.baustheater.com), the program includes Control (2007; pictured), Anton Corbijin’s…

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Permanent Nobara

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 Japanese films set in the idyllic countryside are a distinct genre—one whose blend of melodrama and nostalgia usually leaves all but the most ardent followers cold. Permanent Nobara is no exception. Talented director…

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The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 In an imagined ancient Persia, a plucky street urchin is adopted by the king and raised as a prince, to eventually become a buffed-up, acrobatic Jake Gyllenhaal. (Jake, Jake, Jake. You’re an exceptional…

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Whip It

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 A small-town Texas girl desperate to escape her smothering, pageant-obsessed stage mom (Marcia Gay Harden) and her understanding but TV sports-crazed father discovers life’s meaning in the sport(?) of women’s roller derby. Small…

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Tetsuo the Bullet Man

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 Jeez, where to start? A half-American salaryman (Eric Bossick) whose father was a biochemist begins to turn into a cheesy anti-flesh collection of lethal firearms when he gets angry. And he gets really…

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